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ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE: A READER ON BECOMING AN EDUCATED PERSON offers a rich collection of articles designed to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of a college education, and to explore the opportunities for personal and professional development offered in college. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach-with readings written by experts in a number of different academic fields, government and industry-this text introduces students to the various dimensions of college, the learning process, and the skills they need to succeed in both college and the workplace.
Introduction: What Is College? Two Essential Goals (Ernest L. Boyer). The Baccalaureate Degree: What Does It Mean? What Should It Mean? (Howard R. Bowen). What Does Society Need from Higher Education? (David R. Pierce). What Does Society Need from Higher Education? (Robert H. Atwell). The Educated Person: A Changing Ideal? (Henry J. Perkinson). Universities and Their Function (Alfred North Whitehead). Summary.
2. THE ROLE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS IN A COLLEGE EDUCATION.
Introduction: Joining the Academic Conversation. The Earthly Use of a Liberal Education (A. Bartlett Giamatti). What Is an Idea? (Wayne C. Booth). The Liberal Studies (Carey W. Brush). The Purposes of a Liberal Education (Henry Rosovsky). Beyond the Machine: Liberal Education for an Information Society (Bruce E. Strasser). Having a Degree and Being Educated (Edmund D. Pellegrino). Summary.
3. EDUCATION AND THE IDEA OF CULTURE.
Introduction: The Meaning of Culture. Beyond Tribalism (Laurent A. Daloz). Cultural Literacy (Alan C. Purves). An Educated and Culturally Literate Person Must Study America''s Multicultural Reality (Ronald Takaki). Multicultural Education for Freedom''s Sake (James A. Banks). Diversity, Community, and the University (Joan Wallach Scott). Defining a Global Perspective (Rita Weathersby). Summary.
4. EDUCATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Introduction: Learning and Self. Erickson''s Eight Stages of Life (David Elkind). Maslow''s Theory of Self-Actualization (Gerald Corey and Marianne Schneider Corey). The Life Structure and Its Development in Adulthood (Daniel Levinson). Life Stages and Learning Interests (Rita Weathersby). Individual Identity Versus Identity Confusion (Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman). Summary.
5. THINKING AND LEARNING.
Introduction: The Discovery of Meaning. Learning and Brain Development (National Research Council). Learning from Everyday Experience (Robert M. Smith). Developmental Foundations of Critical Thinking (Joanne Gainen Kurfiss). Learning to Make Reflective Judgements (Patricia King). Changing Concepts of Learning (Graham Gibbs). Peak Learning: The Flow State (Ronald Gross). Summary.
6. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN.
Introduction: Ways of Learning. Your Preferred Learning Style (Arthur W. Chickering and Nancy K. Schlossberg). Competence in Self-Directed Learning (Malcolm S. Knowles). Exploring Self-Directedness in Learning (Stephen D. Brookfield). The Learning Group (Robert M. Smith). Collaborative Learning (Kenneth A. Bruffee). Team Learning, Dialogue, and Discussion (Peter Senge). Summary.
7. EDUCATION AND WORK.
Introduction: Becoming Employable. Report of the Secretary''s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration). 21st Century Workplace Trends and Their Implications (Joseph H. Boyett). Liberal Education and a New Generation of Corporate Leadership (Michael Useem). Holland''s Theory of Vocational Personalities and Environments (Nancy C. Evans, Deanna S. Forney, and Florence Guido-DiBrito). Liberal Education, Work, and Human Development (Arthur W. Chickering). Summary.
"The chapter on liberal arts education is fabulous! Coming from a liberal arts institution, I find it very challenging to find a book that explains education to students from this perspective."
"The readings are substantive but short; this piques students’ interests without overwhelming them. The collection of readings in each chapter model diverse thought processes instead of advocating one view of an issue. This diversity is essential for moving toward increasingly complex ways of thinking."
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Instructor's Manual Online
A comprehensive instructor's manual that covers how to teach the readings in the book and how to stimulate reflective discussion about the topics covered. Available to be downloaded from http://success.wadsworth.com.